Man burying daughter finds newborn alive in grave in northern India – Newspaper

LUCKNOW: A man digging a grave in northern India last week found a newborn girl buried alive, the last case that highlighted female infanticide in the country.

Hitesh Sirohi had gone to bury his own daughter, who died a few minutes after her birth on Wednesday, when her shovel hit a clay pot, police said in the state of Uttar Pradesh. "When he realized that there was a newborn girl inside, he rescued her immediately and dialed … to ask for help."

Sirohi told the India times He found the baby wrapped in a cloth and crying.

“At one point I thought that my daughter had come to life. But the voice actually came from the pot, ”he told the newspaper.

The newborn was taken to a hospital where she is receiving medical attention, police said, adding that a local politician was paying her expenses.

India has long struggled with female infanticide, which has become widespread due to parents' preferences for children, which are seen as investment and heirs, while girls are seen as a responsibility.

India is trying to close the gender ratio gap with strict laws, as the country has poor results with 940 women per 1,000 men, according to the 2011 census.

Prenatal sex determination was banned in 1994, but families still use illegal methods or devices to discover gender and terminate pregnancies for unwanted offspring.

A 2011 study in the British medical journal The Lancet found that up to 12 million girls had been aborted in the last three decades in India.

In January, a three-week-old girl was found buried alive in the state of Rajasthan after locals heard her cry from a shallow grave, but died after a few weeks in a hospital.

In 2017, police in the western state of Maharashtra recovered 19 female fetuses from a sewer near a clinic.

A doctor was arrested and accused of illegally aborting female fetuses for parents desperate for a child.

Posted on Dawn, October 15, 2019



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